Developing a National Coastal Adaptation Agenda

"The National Climate Change Forum: Adaptation Priorities for Australia’s Coast builds on two important reports, released in late 2009, that outline the implications for Australia’s coastal areas from a changing climate and underscore the need for action.This report provides a summary of the dialogue that occurred in the Forum, drawn from the presentations, supporting material, plenary discussions and workshops. Sections 1 and 2 of this report provide important context for the Forum, including the key findings from climate change science and assessments of risks to coastal assets, and describe the need for national reform and early action. Section 3 of this report identifies the key elements of a national coastal adaptation agenda discussed in the Forum. The need for government leadership, effective communication and community engagement, enhanced national policy and planning consistency, and improved information for decision-making are described."